The Murchison region of the Mid-West will be well served by the new board of the Geraldton Mid-West Development Authority.
Mid-West Minister Tom Stephens said the board included three representatives from the Murchison - pastoralist and deputy president of the Shire of Murchison Mr Bill Mitchell, who had renominated for a second term, and new members Mrs Kari Williams, a Mt Magnet Shire councillor, and businessman and Meekaatharra Shire president Mr Thomas Hutchinson.
Mr Stephens, who announced the new board in Geraldton today, said three members of the six-member board had indicated they wanted to continue and had been reappointed. Three new members would fill vacancies created by those who had retired.
"The new board is well representative of the region and has a wide range of interests and expertise. I look forward to a close and productive working relationship with them," Mr Stephens said.
"Members have an important role in providing local input into Government decision-making about their communities.
"It is pleasing to note the large number of nominations for board membership, which indicates community confidence in the Authority's contribution to the economic and social development of the Mid-West," he said.
Those reappointed are the current chairman, Mr Bert Pepperell OBE, a director of the Geraldton Building Company; Mr Mitchell; and Mr Richard Maslen, a farmer and the chair of the Abrolhos Island Consultative Committee.
The new members are Mrs Williams, Mr Hutchinson and professional rock lobster fisherman and president of the North Coastal Fishermen's Association Mr Gregory Hill.
Mr Stephens said the terms of appointment to the board had been staggered to allow for continuity.
Mr Pepperell, who had chaired the board since its inception in 1988, had been reappointed for one year at his own request. Mr Hill and Mr Maslen would serve for two years, and Mr Mitchell, Mrs Williams and Mr Hutchinson had been appointed for three-year terms.
The new board officially takes over on January 1.